Community Dedicates Flight 5191 Memorial

by admin on August 27, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio

Hundreds of people gathered at the University of Kentucky Arboretum this morning to remember the 49 lives lost when Comair Flight 5191 crashed at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington.

The five year anniversary ceremony included the dedication of a sculpture of 49 silver birds flying upward.

“If a memorial can make you appreciate life, this is that memorial. If a memorial can help you find peace, this is that memorial. If a memorial can be uplifting, this is that memorial,” said Matthew Snoddy, a member of the Flight 5191 Memorial Commission.

The victims’ names are etched in granite at the base of the sculpture. The piece was the work of artist Douwe Blumberg.

“Seeing this in person and to know it’s been done so tastefully, it really is just an incredible piece of artwork,” said Jason Bizzack, who lost his mom Carole in the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman attended today’s ceremony. She was the lead federal investigator five years ago, and says aviation is safer because of lessons learned from Comair Flight 5191.

A fundraising effort is still underway to establish a Flight 5191 Memorial maintenance fund.

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Group Seeking Funds to Maintain Comair Flight 5191 Memorial

by admin April 28, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio A memorial group organizing a tribute to the victims of Comair Flight 5191 is making sure a special sculpture will have a lasting place in Lexington. In the wake of the August, 2006 plane crash that killed 49 people, hundreds of thousands of dollars poured in to help grieving […]

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Flight 5191 Memorial Design Unveiled

by scrosby June 4, 2010

by Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel A group dedicated to honoring the memory of 49 victims of a Lexington plane crash has unveiled its choice for a permanent memorial. The Comair Flight 5191 Memorial Commission says artist Douwe Blumberg will create a sculpture featuring 49 silver birds. The memorial will stand in the Hospice Reflection […]

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Fundraising Continues For Guard Memorial

by Rick Howlett May 31, 2009

From WFPL’s Cassidy Herrington The Kentucky National Guard is collecting funds for a new memorial to be located at the entrance to the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. Memorial Fund Secretary Jason LeMay says the memorial will include a statue of Daniel Boone on the site in addition to the names of Guard personnel […]

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9/11 Memorials Set in Louisville

by scrosby September 10, 2008

A number of ceremonies throughout Louisville will honor those who lost their lives seven years ago in the terrorist attacks of September 11th. One of those remembrances will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Second Street. It will consist of silent reflection from 8:46 a.m. to 10:28 a.m., the time the first plane hit […]

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Memorial to Mark Two Years Since Deadly Plane Crash

by scrosby August 26, 2008

The two-year anniversary of the plane crash that killed 49 people in Lexington is tomorrow. Hundreds of people are expected to remember the victims of Comair flight 5191 in a memorial service. The plane crashed shortly after taking off from the wrong runway at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington. Mayor’s office spokesperson Marianne Blodgett says the […]

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